Saturday: Those Who Serve

5 Jan

“…It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.”
― George S. Patton Jr.
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Those who serve their country are a special breed. I was strolling through DFW Airport this morning, with a travel bag over my shoulder and pulling my roller suitcase. Though my hands were full, I found time to extend a handshake to the soldiers that I passed on the way to my gate.

The earlier flight out to Denver was delayed because of a snow storm and I was hoping that wouldn’t delay the next flight to Chicago. That would be me. I saw a young uniformed soldier sitting with his duffle sprawled on the seat, earbuds plugged in, just waiting for boarding. I walked over and said, “Thank you for your service,” then sat and chatted a bit. I always get a kick out of the extreme formal and polite,”Thank you, Mam.”

Private Zane Milegar was heading back to Fort Carson in Colorado. He had spent a wonderful twenty-two day leave with his family in Dallas. It was funny, he wasn’t one bit shy and happy to talk about his family and friends. He said he was born and raised in Dallas, graduated from Abilene Christian, then immediately joined the army.

I didn’t have a long time to chat with Zane, but I did ask him if he was familiar with Zane Williams, the local McKinney musician., singer/songwriter. He was not, but said he’d check it out. He enjoyed learning about and listening to hometown artists. The flight to Denver was summoned and I shook hands with Zane again and just said, “Stay safe.”

He said, “I will. Very nice to meet you,” then off he went. I sure hope private Milegar keeps his promise.

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